Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Review
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Combining an intense single-player campaign with addicting online multiplayer, Call of Duty 4 is one of the first must buy titles of the holiday season.
- Immersive single-player storyline with great replay value
- Stunning Visuals running at a solid 60fps
- Great Multiplayer
- Ally A.I. in early missions is a bit overpowering
- PS3 version has a few problems with online servers
(continued from previous page) ...hours, if not more. Once you’ve beaten the game, be sure to stay around for after the credits, as there is an Epilogue taking place on what looks to be Air Force One. Also, once you’ve completed the game for your first time, new modes such as Arcade and Cheats will be available. If you decide to play through Arcade mode, this could add another 8-10 hours to your game time as you’ll gather points for an accumulative high score at the end of each level. Either way, Call of Duty 4’s single player campaign is more than satisfactory for a first person shooter and if you get bored there is always multiplayer.
Now when gamers think first person shooter multiplayer, they usually think of generic death match, team death match, and the occasional CTF game modes. However, in this case, Call of Duty 4 breaks outside the box and goes leaps and bounds to offer one of the most in-depth online modes available. With a total of 12 different match types, over 16 multiplayer maps, hundreds of unlockable objectives, and the ability to create custom gear packages, Call of Duty 4 could easily be named the best online game of the year. The only let down however, was at the time of this writing, Infinity Ward was having problems with their servers and being disconnected from games happened quite often.
Another great feature found in Call of Duty 4 has to be the “Perks” system. This mechanic allows you to choose special abilities for your online character. As you level up new abilities or specific ammo will be unlocked. There are three different perk sets each with their own skills. For example choices for Perk 1 include; C4 charges, Claymores, and RPG-7 rockets. As for the other two perk sets, choices include things such as “Stopping Power” which increases bullet damage and “Eavesdrop” which allows you to listen in to enemy voice chat. This new feature adds even more replay value to Call of Duty 4’s multiplayer and helps provide even more customization to your character.
The match types that are offered include; Free-For-All, Team Death match, Ground War, Team Objective, Team Tactical, Search and Destroy, Headquarters, Domination, Sabotage, Team Hardcore, Old School, and Oldcore. Now if you are interested in the maps available, they include; Ambush, Blacklot, Bloc, Bog, Countdown, Crash, Crossfire, District, Downpour, Overgrown, Pipeline, Shipment, Strike, Showdown, Vacant and Wet Work. Plenty of options to keep the online user busy for months to come.
Looking for a title to show off for its graphics and smooth gameplay? Call of Duty 4 has it all. Running at a solid 60fps, Infinity Ward has done an amazing job at bringing both stunning visuals and life like animation together on the PlayStation 3. Even in the heat of battle when everything around you is exploding and bullets are whistling from every direction, the framerate still remains smooth. Everything from the shadows and lighting in the environments to the particle effects of the grenades and textures on the character models, Call of Duty 4 is by far one of the best looking titles on the PS3.
In terms of controls, first person shooter fans should have no problems here. Fitted to be both familiar, yet unique to the style of gameplay, players will find the button layout nicely synched to what should feel comfortable in a FPS. Even the controls in multiplayer for when using airstrikes and calling in ally helicopters works perfectly as its set to the D-pad and not in the way of your general button scheme.
To finish things up, I’ll talk about the music and sound effects found in the Call of Duty 4 title. If you have played past Call of Duty games you known one of the best things about them is that the sound alone makes the weapons feel real, and the musical score helps bring the mood together. Whether it’s an intense scene of rushing water spilling into a hewn barge, or the subtle ambience of the trees and wavering grass, the sound effects in Call of Duty 4 add that extra oomph to make your total ... (continued on next page)